Black History Month events at Rockford Public Library

Black History Month events at Rockford Public Library

By Pam Dunlap, Rockford Public Library Community Relations

The Rockford Public Library system has a number of events planned for the coming weeks in celebration of Black History Month. All programs are free and open to the public. For information on the programs, call 815-965-6731.

Main Library events

The main library in downtown Rockford is at 215 N. Wyman St., and can be reached at 815-965-6731.

Little Bill—Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-3 p.m., auditorium. Games, crafts and stories based on the popular cartoon program and beginning reader books.

Ngoma Dance Troupe—Saturday, Feb. 22, 11-11:45 a.m., Youth Services Little Theatre. Celebrate Black History Month by watching these native African dances performed by dancers of all ages. This program is presented in partnership with Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts.

Black History Quiz Bowl—Saturday, Feb. 22, 2-5 p.m. Watch the final round of competition. This is a collaborative program with the Booker Washington Community Center.

Down in the Delta film presentation—Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., auditorium. Both emotional and riveting, Down in the Delta is a story where big city meets small town, young meets old, parents reconnect with children, and life for everyone becomes something they never expected. This picture is the directorial debut of one of the world’s greatest storytellers, award-winning author/poet Maya Angelou.

A Handful of Keys, Carl A. Cole, piano—Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church St. Don’t miss this dramatic musical tribute to Thomas “Fats” Waller as portrayed on the full-length grand piano by Carl A. Cole. This will be an educational and inspirational presentation on the life and contributions of this great black musician. This program is presented in partnership with the Mendelssohn Club.

Northeast Branch Library event

The Northeast Branch Library is at 320 N. Alpine Rd., and can be reached at 815-226-1533.

Cane River book discussion—Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m. In 1834, 9-year-old Suzette, the “cocoa-colored” house servant of a Creole planter family, has aspirations to read, to live always in a “big house,” and maybe even to marry into the relatively privileged world of the gens de couleur.

Montague Branch Library events

Montague Branch Library is at 1238 S. Winnebago St., and can be reached at 815-965-1912.

Personal Experiences of African-Americans in Rockford, the Rev. Perry Bennett—Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. The Rev. Perry Bennett, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, will speak about African-American experiences in Rockford through the eyes of the church. The Rev. Bennett has been a pastor in Rockford for more than 31 years and will discuss the many generations of African-Americans with whom he has worked.

African Drums—Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m. If you are a young person interested in learning more about drums, then this program is for you. You will learn about the history of the drum, hear stories incorporating African drums, and will make music with your very own drum.

Other Voices: Rhythm, Language and Identity in Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Poetry, Dr. Armando Gonzalez-Perez—Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6 p.m. Dr. Armando Gonzalez-Perez will discuss Afro-Caribbean poetry, music and culture. Gonzalez-Perez is a professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee and is the editor of Caribe, a literature and culture magazine.

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